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Bringing in 2012 With Positive Messages

There were many great spectacles this year from fireworks lighting up over London’s River Thames or Sydney’s firework display around Harbour Bridge. Bringing in the new year is always an amazing spectacle set in cities and in neighbourhoods.

The ball dropping in New York is one of the biggest celebrations in the United States. With guests like Pitbull, Carlos Santana, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga (who dropped the ball), New York brought in the new year with a fun and excitement.

However, this celebration was more amazing than the performers on stage or the ball dropping. The best part was the confetti. Yes, one ton of tissue paper was dropped in the Big Apple is a cool thing. Most of us have been in a celebration where confetti has been dropped. This confetti was a little bit different.

From over 50 countries and thousands of people, messages were written on the confetti. Messages of wishes, hopes, dreams, inspirations, resolutions, and more were written on these small squares. This was a really great way for people to share their wishes and hopes for the new year with others.

Those of us who watched 2012 being brought in through the television never got to experience this. The organizers and the people behind this idea did a really amazing thing. It’s such a small act that allows people to share and experience the thoughts and feelings of complete strangers. It’s even better that thousands of people were involved from all over the world.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2012! My wish is that everyone does their best to be a little kinder in everything they do. Have a happy new year!

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Miracle on 22nd Street

Sarah Klein and Tom Mason, from Red Glass Pictures, came together to make a seven-minute documentary short. The New York Times ran the story in 2010.

The couple in the film, Jim and Dylan, have been the recipients of hundreds of letters addressed to Santa Claus. For this New York couple, throwing the letters out was not an option. Jim and Dylan brought a whole new meaning to Christmas spirit and you’ll just have to watch the video to find out how!

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A Story of Robbery, Courage, and Kindness

On March 28, 2008, National Public Radio produced a story on a robbery. However, this isn’t your normal robbery story. I’ve read a lot of stories on crime and no story on crime can ever touch this one.

Julio Diaz takes the subway home every day, from work. One stop away from the Bronx, New York, Julio stops at his favourite diner. Unfortunately, one evening in February, Julio Diaz’s trip to his favourite diner was interrupted by a teenager with a knife. The teenager wanted Julio’s money.

Like most of us are taught, Diaz complied and gave his money to the teenager. Just as the teenager walked away, Diaz told him, “You forgot something. If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.”

With the teenager responding with a puzzled look, Diaz said, “if you’re willing to risk your freedom for a few dollars, then I guess you must really need the money. I mean, all I wanted to do was get dinner and if you really want to join me … hey, you’re more than welcome.”

So, Diaz and the teenager took a seat in the diner and Diaz gave the teen a lesson on being kind. Diaz greeted the manager, servers, and the dishwashers. The teen was surprised at Diaz’s actions and asked why he was so nice to everyone. Diaz asked the teen if he was ever taught to be nice. The teen responded, “yea, but I didn’t think people actually behaved that way”.

The bill arrived and Diaz said, “look, I guess you’re going to have to pay for this bill ’cause you have my money and I can’t pay for this. So if you give me my wallet back, I’ll gladly treat you.” The teen gave Diaz his wallet back and Diaz gave the teen $20. In return, Diaz asked for the teen’s knife. The teen complied and handed over the knife.

Diaz leaves us with these words: “I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It’s as simple as it gets in this complicated world.”

To read the full story by Michael Garofalo, visit the NPR site.

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IsA Wonderful World

IsA Wonderful World is a great site about bringing joy and happiness to the daily lives of everyone. Isadora Dantas, from New York, New York, has found unique ways to intervene in people’s days and make them a little bit more happier. Her creativity and fun imagination makes it hard not to smile and have an awesome day. We need more people like her around!

I highly recommend you look at her website and view the many videos of how she improves the days of strangers!

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Hurricane Irene Couldn’t Stop These Strangers

Hurricane Irene hit New York in late August. Surely, one would run inside and hide until the sun comes out. In fact, most people dislike when it rains. What’s really neat is that despite the Hurricane Irene hitting New York, it could not stop these strangers from impromptu activities. It brought a group of random strangers together for a game of soccer, hockey, and even some slip and slides! What’s even better is that everyone has a smile on their face. Not one person in this video is sad about the weather. These people took a dim situation and made it as much fun as possible!

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